Prestigious adornment in copper alloy, streaked with grooves, embellished with spirals, and furnished with points.
This metal was supposed to take on a sacred and therefore protective character.
Height on base: 23 cm.
Population established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali, the Bwa generally distinguish three endogamous castes: blacksmiths, griots and farmers. Blacksmiths also work with wood, mediate in conflict, and mediate with the supernatural world.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals or even insects. It is the spirits of nature who are believed to determine an individual's well-being and prosperity, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rituals.
Source: "Sculptures of the Three Volta" Massa and Lauret
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